Megan Borowski

Season’s First Tropical Storm Forms East of Florida

By Megan Borowski

2002ee4f-7c9a-40da-a5ed-50047637a351Saturday 11 pm EDT Update: Hurricane hunters have found the tropical depression east of #Florida has strengthened into Tropical Storm #Arthur. Forecast track shifted slightly east, farther off the coast of the Carolinas. Original story Saturday afternoon: The first tropical depression of the year has formed just east of Florida, sixteen days prior to the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Tropical Depression One is no threat to Florida, but it could track close enough to produce tropical storm conditions along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Tropical Depression One was...

Despite Dorian, Severe Drought Now Affecting Parts of South Carolina

By Megan Borowski

map of drought zones across south carolinaSeptember has been a dry month across the entire Southeastern United States, including South Carolina. Nearly 80% of the state is in a drought according to the most recent report from the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Included in that statistic is a swath of the Midlands, from about Columbia and south that is considered to be in a “severe drought”. A dry pattern, caused in part by the tropical activity off the Atlantic coast and above average temperatures are the primary causes for the development of the abnormally dry conditions. Dorian’s...

Jerry Becomes the Season's Fourth Hurricane Over the Central Atlantic

By Megan Borowski

map showing hurricane jerry over the atlantic oceanJerry is now a hurricane, making it the fourth of the 2019 season. And chances are increasing that it will not be a threat to the United States. Hurricane Jerry has become significantly better organized over the past 24 hours, according to an update from the National Hurricane Center at 11 am Thursday. The category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds up to 75 miles per hour, and it was moving west-northwest at 16 mph. Environmental conditions will be conducive for further intensification, but only for a limited amount of time. Hurricane Jerry is forecast to enter an environment of stronger...

Dorian is Now a Major Hurricane, Forecast Track Still Uncertain

By Megan Borowski

b833b7ab-fe4f-46b4-9ec0-5ff07ac41ed8Dorian become a Major Hurricane Friday afternoon, strengthening to category 3 status with winds up to 115 mph. The season’s second hurricane will likely intensify further, potentially into a Category 4 storm, prior to landfall with the Florida Peninsula. As of 5 PM, Hurricane Warnings have been issued by the government of the Bahamas for the northwestern parts of the archipelago. Observations show that an upper level high pressure center has begun to build, and this will turn Dorian on a more westward track. However, forecast guidance continues to suggest the high will weaken as Dorian nears...

A Sizzling and Stormy Fourth Expected in South Carolina

By Megan Borowski

238ac46c-05b1-4eb2-98ed-d53603875369Update Thursday 2:30 pm ET: Thunderstorms are blossoming across South Carolina at this hour. The strongest activity was noted on radar north of Columbia, near Rock Hill and Lancaster, where several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have been issued. Another strong cluster of storms have developed in the Pee Dee region just inland from Georgetown and Myrtle Beach. The storms are expected to continue developing across the Palmetto State this afternoon, capable of producing wind damage, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning and very heavy rain. Original post from Wednesday... The grill won’t be the...

Another Round of Strong Storms is Headed for South Carolina

By Megan Borowski

62fb82d8-cd08-41e3-905b-662609b90018Update 7 pm Monday: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for the Upstate region through 1 am. Strong storms are moving into the region and have the potential to produce damaging wind and hail. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of GA, NC, SC, VA, WV until 1 AM EDT pic.twitter.com/lTO5gSp6ys — NWS GSP (@NWSGSP) June 24, 2019 Another round of strong thunderstorms is headed for parts of South Carolina Monday evening. Damaging straight-line winds and large hail are both possible with the strongest storms. The next storm system, in what has been a series of them, will move...

Wind Damage Possible with Storms in Upstate Tuesday

By Megan Borowski

9221e2fb-8170-4088-ab2f-96f88ab24a9fThunderstorms capable of producing wind damage are possible Tuesday afternoon in the South Carolina Upstate, including areas near Greenville, Spartanburg, and Clemson. The storms are expected to develop mid-afternoon and become widely scattered by early evening. The strongest cells could produce wind gusts up to 60 mph, sudden downpours, frequent lightning, and small hail. Flash flooding could also occur in low lying areas with poor drainage, especially from cells producing high rainfall rates. Thunderstorm activity is also expected in the Lowcountry Wednesday afternoon and evening, although...